Gabriel Enenche —
The Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC) in Enugu state, Hon. Ejike Eze yesterday in a meeting with media executives in the state capital, Enugu, said scheduling of the national population and housing census rests on the decision of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
While allaying fears by the media that the new administration might discontinue the census exercise, he expressed confidence that President Tinubu, being an accountant and technocrat, appreciates the importance of census information in national planning, especially in policy and programme formulation, budgeting, among others.
Eze said the Commission welcomed the decision of the last administration to postpone the conduct of the census in order to give the new administration the opportunity to make inputs into the process.
He noted that the postponement afforded NPC the opportunity to further perfect its processes and systems for the conduct of the first ever digital National Population and Housing Census in Nigeria.
Harping on the importance of census, he explained that a reliable census data will, among numerous other benefits, immeasurably assist President Tinubu in solving the socio-economic problems arising from the removal of fuel subsidy, including the implementation of palliative measures.